It’s a seemingly endless quest to acquire the qualities that make French women so enviably cool and fashionable (le sigh). Luckily, the brands that embody the hallmarks of effortless French style—killer outerwear, clean lines, immaculate tailoring, and simple basics—are available to us American gals in search of that je ne sais quois.
From Sandro to Isabel Marant, shop our favourite picks from these iconic French brands to help you achieve the look!
Known for to-die-for outerwear with edgy details, like cool leather jackets and shredded tweed blazers, Iro has become synonymous with Parisian rocker-chic style.
From her signature flirty, feminine silhouettes to embellished jackets with boho flair, pretty much any Isabel Marant piece yields immediate return on investment.
Isabel Marant Alona Glossed-Leather Ankle Boots ($1165)
Isabel Marant Hutt Leather Wrap Mini Skirt ($1535)
Étoile Isabel Marant Revolution Printed Cotton-Blend Sweatshirt ($270)
Fans of minimalist designs flock to A.P.C. for streamlined separates and well-made denim.
Founded by three French brothers, this impossibly hip brand embraces a covetable borrowed-from-the-boys concept with crisp button-downs and sporty trousers.
The cult favourite French label mixes modern glamour with cool, menswear-inspired pieces.
You’ll want to live in Petit Bateau’s casual, comfortable, cotton basics, like striped miniskirts and nautical-preppy sweatshirts.
Petit Bateau Slub Linen-Jersey T-Shirt ($125)
Petit Bateau Mariniere Striped Cotton-Jersey Top ($95)
Which French brands are your favourite? Let us know in the comments!